George Takei's Dream Dinner Party Would Reunite Star Trek Cast With One Exception
Star Trek’s George Takei is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu. This year, he released a graphic novel memoir They Called Us Enemy. The comic recounts Takei's family’s time in a United States internment camp during World War II. He also drew on that history during his performance on The Terror: Infamy on AMC. Takei discussed his life in a recent questionnaire in The Guardian. One question asked Takei who he’d invite to his dream dinner party. Takei’s response was, “My colleagues from Star Trek, with one exception.” Takei doesn’t name the exception, but most Star Trek fans will assume it is William Shatner.
Takei and Shatner have for decades been in a well-documented feud. Takei claims Shatner was rude to him on the set of Star Trek and even had a script rewritten to prevent Sulu from gaining a promotion. Shatner has long disputed Takei’s claims. Shatner also says he felt slighted he wasn’t invited to Takei’s wedding. In 2017, Takei stated that the entire feud had been overblown.
“This is silliness,” Takei says. “There’s unanimity among the castmates, we’ve all had difficulties with Bill, but we’re all teammates and we work together. When Brad and I got married, I asked Walter Koenig, who played Chekov, to be our best man and Nichelle Nichols to be our matron of honor. Nichelle said, ‘I am not a matron! If Walter is the best man, why can’t I be the best lady?’ We said, ‘Of course you are.’
“We thought the most natural thing to do would be to extend invitations to everybody. We sent Bill an invitation. There might have been some mistake in the mail. If he would have called us before the wedding, we would have happily had him. We do conventions and we do cross paths. I’ll say, ‘Morning, Bill.’ And he’ll say, ‘Morning, George.’ And that’s it.”
Takei referenced Star Trek in another answer to The Guardian’s questionnaire. Asked what his superpower would be, Takei referenced Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future. “Gene Roddenberry, who created Star Trek, said that the strength of the Starship Enterprise was its diverse team working in concert. I would like to have the superpower to bring that kind of society to ours today.”
What do you think of Takei and Shatner’s feud? How about Takei’s choice of superpower? Let us know in the comments section. They Called Us Enemy is on sale now.
More on this: 666 stories
- Patrick Stewart on boldly returning for Star Trek Picard
- Picard Full of Star Trek Easter Eggs and Callbacks
- Star Trek: Picard knows Star Trek is a hard sell in 2020
- "Star Trek: Picard" to debut on CBS All Access on January 23
- Star Trek: Picard Episode 1
- Jean-Luc Picard Emulates the Growth Mindset of 'Star Trek'
- Picard: Star Trek re-enters the Next Generation with bold new series
- Star Trek: Picard's dog is more important than you might think
- How Picard Reprograms Robotics in the Star Trek Universe
- Whoopi Goldberg to Return as Guinan in Star Trek: Picard Season 2
- Why Patrick Stewart Chose to Return in Star Trek: Picard
- 'Star Trek: Picard': Why does Trek endure? TNG's Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner explain
- Star Trek: Picard Episode 1 Ending Explained
- Star Trek: Picard: What Happened to Romulus?
- Star Trek: Picard Premiere's Surprising Final Scene, Explained
- Whoopi Goldberg tears as Patrick Stewart offers Star Trek Picard 2 role
- STAR TREK: PICARD Review: An Engaging But Uneven Start
- How 'Logan' Convinced Patrick Stewart He Could Return to 'Star Trek'
- Patrick Stewart Asks Whoopi Goldberg To Rejoin 'Star Trek'
- How Picard Makes the 2009 Star Trek Reboot Relevant Again
- Data's Daughters, Dahj's Death & Synthetic Cloning Explained
- 'We are not the starched uniform-wearing crew of old': a messier, more human 'Star Trek' in 'Picard'
- Star Trek: Picard Season 1 Episode 1 Review
- Goldsman And Chabon On Data
- Star Trek: Picard 'engages' critics in first reviews